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I, OF COURSE, WAS LIVID

Artist in Residence: Kia LaBeija

Originally Aired: Monday, February 5, 2024

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This show is sold out. If seating becomes available, walk-up tickets will be sold at the show time on a first-come first-served basis. There is no guarantee tickets will be available day of show.

Artist in Residence Kia LaBeija invites Elizabeth Koke and Theodore (Ted) Kerr to present their documentary theater work, I, of Course, Was Livid, based on a historic 1992 hearing at the CDC, when ongoing activism by women living with HIV finally resulted in expanding the clinical definition of AIDS to include their experiences.

After the performance, members of What Would an HIV Doula Do? will facilitate conversation and offer additional education about the play and the history it reveals.

 

The majority of I, OF COURSE, WAS LIVID comes verbatim from, The CDC Transcript / Commentary, submitted to ACT UP by Nancy MacNeil, with additional text from Lessons from the Damned: Queers, Whores, and Junkies Respond to AIDS by Nancy E. Stoller; Women, The AIDS Crisis, and the Centers for Disease Control, by Maxine Wolfe; and writing and editing by Elizabeth Koke and Theodore (ted) Kerr for What Would an HIV Doula Do?

 

Leadership support for The Greene Space’s Artist in Residence program is provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. Additional support is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The photography by Kia LaBeija for Blindspot was supported by a grant from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes coverage of social inequality and economic justice.

Kia LaBeija

Credit: Photo by Valerie Reyes-Jimenez

Kia Michelle Benbow, known professionally as Kia LaBeija, is an image maker and storyteller born and raised in the heart of New York City, Hell’s Kitchen. She composes theatrical autobiographical works ranging from photography, live performance, text based mediums, and film. She’s presented work at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Tate Modern, The Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of The City of New York, The Bronx Museum of the Arts,  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The International Center for Photography The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, and the Performa ’19 Biennial.

Heavily involved in New York’s Iconic House and Ballroom scene for over a decade, Kia was a member of the Royal House of LaBeija from 2012 to 2019, serving as the Overall Mother from 2017 to 2019. She received a BA from the New School University and is currently pursuing an MFA in Fine Arts. She is a 2019 Creative Capital Awardee alongside her partner Taína Larot.

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